I am a big fan of Dr. Foster & Smith and my first thought is " Oh NO".
They are one of the better places for great deals, especially salt.
I know that the petco stores in my area have been getting in more corals lately. A couple have installed frag tanks that seem to have some decent looking healthy pieces, so maybe being connected to Liveaquaria could be a good thing.
I would like to take a moment to respond and address some concerns posted in this thread.
Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty Smith have worked incredibly hard over the last 31 years, to build an incredibly successful business, which revolves around education, pet heath, and responsible pet ownership. The Petco mission is elevating the lives of animals and enhancing the connection people have with their pets, with a commitment to the highest standards of social responsibility, while continually striving to make things better for pets, people and the planet. Understanding each company’s mission and goals are very similar, we feel this partnership and synergy is going to be beneficial to animals, pet owners, and aquarium hobbyists and enthusiasts alike.
I can assure everyone, my personal mission as the LiveAquaria Director is to take LiveAquaria.com to an even higher level than ever before. The continued expansion of our Aquaculture Coral and Marine Life facility in Rhinelander Wisconsin, home of the LiveAquaria.com Divers Den®, allows us to offer an even greater assortment of quality aquatic life shipped direct to your door.
Rest assured, Dr. Race Foster and I are not going anywhere, and will continue to operate Drs. Foster and Smith pet supplies and LiveAquaria.com as it's business as usual. Both Race and I are incredibly excited for the future and what lies ahead.
This was posted under the DrsFosterSmith forum on RC.
I'm thinking of starting a petition to Petco on these points:
1. Have LA/DD take over the fish side of Petco since Petco has a horrid reputation when it comes to their aquatics sections.
2. Change their practices with the aquatics sections. Start treating fish like pets instead of disposable animals.
3. Properly train their store employees on how to maintain their systems properly.
I've been to quite a few Petcos that are just horrid. If they lost other animals with the rate they lost fish they'd have animal rights groups all over them.